18th April, 2014
Two outstanding students of Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, Adebola Oluwatosin Adedoyin and Tolulope Adeolu Ige, have been given immediate employment and cash reward of N500, 000 each by the school management.
The students were rewarded during the 22nd convocation ceremony held at the school main campus in Ikorodu, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
Adedoyin emerged as the overall best student with the cumulative grade of 3.90 while Ige emerged second with 3.67.
, Rector of the institution,, noted that the students deserved the rewards for their performances. He said of the over 70,000 students graduated in the 2012/2013 academic session and over 14,920 in the 2013/2014 academic session from all departments of the polytechnic both in National and Higher National Diploma the duo stood out.
On receiving his award, the overall best graduating student, Adedoyin, who is a graduate of Agricultural Engineering, described the award as a “landmark achievement” while also urging the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) who doubles as the Moderator of the polytechnic, to create opportunity for new graduates.
“Sir, we are aware that the era of white-collar job is over, and by our training at LASPOTECH we have been exposed to a variety of vocational trainings to prepare us for the unemployment market through Entrepreneurship Development Programmes. We beseech you sir, to create an opportunity for fresh graduates like us, to float small scale businesses by providing a revolving loan with flexible terms of repayment for us,” he said.
Secretary to the State Government, Oluranti Adebule, who represented the governor, said that government would increase its funding to education, while also noting that education is the most important factor for achieving the full developmental potential of any society.
According to her, “LASPOTECH has always had a special place in our hearts not just because it is a Lagos State-owned institution but because of the achievements recorded over the years, in particular, the progress made in the school of technology.
“Hence, we shall increase funding on education because it is seen as the most important factor for achieving the full developmental potential of any society”.
She also advised the graduating students to act with pride and honour as they represent the polytechnic in their future endeavours.